MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
for transfer students
The First Year at MIT

Credit for Previous Study

MIT will grant credit for some of the courses you passed at your previous college or university. In addition, you may have done college-level study while in high school. Some of that study is also eligible for MIT credit and/or placement, depending on the setting and your achievement as measured by test scores or grades.

Pages in this section give details on how MIT grants credit for:

Since credit for previous study and through ASEs affects your selection of subjects to study at MIT, we expect you to begin seeking credit before you register for your first MIT term. All credit requests must be resolved no later than a month after the term begins. For detailed instructions, see the pages linked above.

Types of Credit Awarded

Credit for previous study is awarded as either the equivalent MIT subject (for example, 18.01 for a score of 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam) or unrestricted elective units, at the discretion of the department granting credit. All transfer credit appears on the MIT transcript with a grade of S and does not count toward term or cumulative grade point averages.

Repeating a Subject

If you receive subject credit for previous study and then register at MIT for any version of that subject, note the following consequences:

For More Information

Please note that these pages apply only to transfer students entering MIT during academic year 2016-17. Credit policies are subject to change for each academic year.

Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for previous study to or 617-253-4164.

For information about the use of AP and other exam scores in Admissions decisions, please visit UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.